Reps may bar 70-year-olds from seeking elective offices

Reps may bar 70-year-olds from seeking elective offices

- The House of Representatives is considering a bill to cut the age of Nigerians seeking elective offices to below 70

- The House is also considering the minimum requirement for presidency as HND or bachelors degree from a university

- The bill is already before a committee of the House for consideration

The House of Representatives is making a move to stop Nigerians of 70 years and above from seeking elective offices henceforth and that is if a bill currently being planned scales through.

The bill is being sponsored by the deputy chief whip of the House, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, in a move that would also amend some sections of the constitution.

The bill also plans to now fix the minimum educational requirement to contest the presidential election at a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a bachelors degree from a university.

Reps may bar 70-year-olds from seeking elective offices
If the bill is passed, it will stop Nigerians older than 70 years from seeking elective offices
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The Nigerian Tribune quotes Onyejeocha as saying that the bill would seek to amend section 65(2a) of the principal act by substituting the words ‘school certificate’ with ‘Higher National Diploma’ and ‘first degree’.

The report said the bill will be referred to the special ad-hoc committee on constitution review headed by the deputy speaker, Idris Wase. earlier reported that Akin Alabi, a member of the House of Representatives representing Egbeda/Ona-Ara federal constituency, recently released a breakdown of his earnings as a lawmaker.

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker who is also a businessman had promised in a Twitter post on Friday, April 5, to release his earnings when he started being paid as a member of the green chamber.

"I don't know what legislators truly earn until I start earning it. When I start earning it, the whole of Twitter will know," he had tweeted. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better.

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